August 25, 2012

Why Gadgets Need Real Buttons

Danny Sullivan, CNET

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The bigger point is that there's a place for real buttons on devices. Physical volume buttons are almost universally provided. I'm not looking for overkill, a device with so many buttons that just picking it up causes you to launch things unexpectedly. I've had those type of devices, too, and they're a pain. But buttons do have a place, so let's hope they don't disappear.

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How Companies Make Gadgets Hard to Repair
Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic
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